College of Education
Via prominent wording at the head of its official website, the College of Education at the University of Iowa promises "powerful and personal education within a Big Ten research institution."
By all outward indications, the College of Education delivers as advertised in a big way. Since its simultaneous beginning with institutional senior and Iowa's oldest higher educational institution UI, it has built a 165-year history that causes much envy and great pride.
IU College of Education graduates consistently achieve great leadership in education, psychology, counseling, and related administrative and research fields. IU expresses special pride in being a Big Ten research academy that offers affordable, personalized, and highly-ranked education. U.S. News & World Report gives IU's College of Education high marks in its 2014 list of America's best doctoral degree grantors.
The Rehabilitation and Counselor Education Department has much to brag about in its own right. Per U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2014, two CEO offerings are among the best counseling degree programs in America.
M.A. in School Counseling ("MASC")
This 54-credit MASC program has a mission of enhancing academic, social, career, and personal development of all postsecondary school children and adolescents. It aims to do so by imparting a high level of consulting, coordinating, and counseling skills to students. That comprehensive battery of competencies seeks to enable graduates to self-generate knowledge of effective interventions and strategies that lead the entire counseling profession.
Specific learning outcomes are:
- Competent professional counseling practice
- Knowledge of theory, clinical skills, and proper school counselor roles
- Promoting counselor accountability and professional credibility
- Be psychologically healthy individuals who employ acute self-awareness in all professional practices
Program completion qualifies graduates for state licensure as K-12 school counselors and application to the National Board for Certified Counselors.
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling ("MACMHC")
This 60-credit curriculum holds dual accreditation as a Clinical Mental Health program by CACREP and a Rehabilitation Counseling program by the Council on Rehabilitation Education ("CORE"). Its main mission is preparing professional counselors who coordinate resources and assist clients with employment, personal or economic development, and independent living. It also seeks to prepare students to obtain professional licensure as community health counselors.
Like all other IU Rehabilitation Counseling graduate degree programs, MACMHC is a U.S. Dept. of Education RSA Scholars Long-Term Training Grant recipient. This prestigious grant is geared toward increasing the number of qualified M.A. and Ph.D. counseling degree candidates by enhancing recruitment, education, graduation, and job placements in state vocational rehabilitation and related agencies.
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision
This 96-credit doctoral program has a primary mission to extend counseling knowledge bases within an ambiance of scholarly inquiry. It does so by preparing students to generate evergreen counseling knowledge through dissertation research relevant to counseling education and supervision that accounts for 21st century social climes. Scholars may choose a special emphasis on school counseling, gifted education, or professional leadership.
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs ("CACREP")
Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Department
Malik S. Henfield, Program Coordinator
N338 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-5275